Once upon a time (and many years ago!) I stared upward in awe at the red, white and blue streams of smoke trailing behind the blazing red aircraft as they executed high energy manoeuvres, seemingly impossible close formation and daring high speed passes. It was easy to forget that behind this precision formation and teamwork, were 9 human beings – some of the highest calibre aviators in the world. I am of course talking about the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, “The Red Arrows“. A huge source of inspiration, I was even more determined to set out to achieve my dream to become a fighter pilot. 25 years later, having achieved my dream and now moved into a new career as a commercial pilot, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to interview the team leader – Red 1. In this episode, I speak with Squadron Leader Martin Pert, or “Perty” to those that know him personally! I also get to learn more about the leadership, teamwork, standards and personal endeavour that goes into leading the most famous Aerobatic Team in the world.
“Smoke on – GO!”
Squadron Leader Martin “Perty” Pert. RAF Red 1.